September 21, 2023
DREAM. LEARN. ACHIEVE.
Our school wide read-a-thon begins on Monday, September 25th and goes until Friday, October 6th! Don't forget to have your parents register you so you can log all of those reading minutes! Remember you can log any type of reading - read with someone else, listen to reading, and reading to yourself. Students will also earn minutes during the school day and teachers will log those minutes as well. We are excited to see how many minutes we can read as a school community!
Theme of the Month
As a school community, each month, we focus on an otter trait that is our theme of the month. The themes of the month are characteristics that, we believe all students need to be a global citizen - which also aligns with our vision statement - Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.
This month, we are focusing on problem solving. Other words that mean problem solving are solve problems and problem solver. Our definition is the process to identify and find solutions to difficult or complex issues.
Classrooms teachers are teaching the second step curriculum lessons that align with problem solving, having class discussions during their morning meetings, and reinforcing the concept throughout the day. All staff are recognizing students who demonstrate problem solving by adding a note to our "I am a problem solver" bulletin board in the hallway - we will post photos of them later this month. We will highlight some examples in our newsletter as well.
Next month's theme: Goal Setting
Splash Winners This Week!
Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.
Here are this week's splash ticket winners:
Kindergarten - Johnny, Alba, Quinn
1st Grade - Maddie, Dawson, Axel
2nd Grade - Gwen, Rowyn, Kaiden
3rd Grade - James, Kylee, Milo
4th Grade - Dilynn, Elliott, Ralfy
4/5 & 5th Grade - Lennon, Nate, Forest
Classroom winners this week: Mr. Gazabat's class and they earned a prize as a class.
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We are thrilled to welcome you and your children back to school for the 2023-2024 academic year! It's an exciting time as we embark on a new journey filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and achievement. As we settle into our new schedules and routines, we want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of school attendance.
Absences Add Up!
Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. We understand that life can be unpredictable, and there may be legitimate reasons for absences. However, every missed day represents an opportunity for your child to fall behind.
Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, regular attendance is crucial. Each day in the classroom contributes to their academic progress and personal development. To put it simply, attendance is the foundation upon which all learning is built.
At Artondale, we are a community that values every child's potential. Together, we can make a significant difference in our students' lives. By showing up consistently, both as parents and students, we create an environment where success is not only encouraged but expected.
Let's work together to ensure that your child is in school nearly every day, ready to seize every learning opportunity that comes their way.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding attendance or any other school-related matters, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can make this a successful and fulfilling school year for all our students.
1st grade mathematicians in Mrs. Pratz's class working on writing addition sentences and explaining their thinking using math manipulatives.
Student Drop-Off and PIck-Up
Hearing & Vision Screening, October 6th
Library Information (click below)
Library Card Sign-Up!
📚📖 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻-𝘂𝗽 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵! 📚📖
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Peninsula School District is teaming up with the Pierce County Library System to share this opportunity to supercharge your back-to-school experience! 🎒📝
With this incredible resource, you can start the school year off with a bang:
🌟 Get help from live tutors 24/7, available in both English and Spanish.
🌐 Dive into research databases covering world cultures, historical figures, and science.
📚 Access reference content, including newspaper and magazine articles, and videos.
🔬 Find ideas for science fair projects, STEAM activities, and science research.
📖 Prep for standardized tests with practice tests and study guides.
🎓 Get tips to navigate WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) and FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid).
🌎 Explore learning assistance for more than 160 languages.
"The last few years have been really rough for students and families with severe impacts to student learning," explains Pierce County Library Executive Director Gretchen Caserotti. "With access to free, thoroughly vetted, and reliable resources through Tools for Students, such as live tutors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, students can get the help they need to be successful in school." 📚✏️
In addition to these incredible tools, the Pierce County Library also offers an extensive collection of books and other materials to support your school success journey. Explore them all at mypcls.org. 📖🌐
Add a Pierce County Library card to your back-to-school essentials and let's make this school year the best one yet! 🎓📚